OUR MISSION: CHOOSING LIFE
Over 650,000 people benefits each year from Ezer Mizion’s many services. Our Mission is to continue to provide these essential services to any person who many need them, and to continue growing our registry to save more lives. The elderly and disable are transported to medical clinics and therapy, families dealing with serious illness receive regular hot meals, a wide range of programs and support services are available for the special child and the mentally ill, the cancer patient benefits from an array of services and hundreds of cancer patients are saved by Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. Your gift provides professional assistance to the many confronted by life’s overwhelming crises.
About Ezer Mizion and Israel Defense Forces’ Partnership
In recent years, a bone marrow transplant has been proven to be the cure for a myriad of diseases. Many forms of cancer including leukemia and lymphoma in addition to other diseases such as sickle cell anemia and SCID are only some of the life-threatening illnesses that have bowed to its power. Like penicillin, a bone marrow transplant can save lives. But unlike penicillin, it cannot simply be purchased at the local pharmacy.
Like any transplant, the bone marrow must be a genetic match to the recipient so that his body will accept it. Unlike blood donations where the blood type and the Rh factor must match, DNA matching involves many more components. Finding that match is often described as similar to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
WHAT IS A BONE MARROW REGISTRY?
A bone marrow registry is a database of potential donors who have been genetically tested and await a patient in need of a transplant whose DNA matches theirs.
HOW HAS EZER MIZION ADDRESSED THESE ELEMENTS?
In 2005, Ezer Mizion entered into a partnership with the Israel Defense Forces. This momentous agreement would now enable the IDF to not only protect its citizens as an army but also help to save the lives of Jews around the globe. Each induction center is equipped with an Ezer Mizion booth enabling the recruit to register as a potential bone marrow donor by means of a simple cheek swab.